Ag News

The main item of business in cattle country on Monday is the collection of the new showlists. This week’s offering should be near steady to somewhat larger than last week. Private sources are reporting a few asking prices around 153.00 in the South and 245.00 plus in the North. Packers and feedlot operators are anxious to get a good read on meat movement over the holiday weekend. Boxed beef cutout values are starting the week sharply lower. Choice beef is down 2.16 at 247.96, and select is 2.79 lower at 245.26. Feeder cattle receipts at the Joplin, Missouri Regional Stockyards on Monday...
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  The USDA reports soybean export inspections for the week ending July 2nd were above what’s needed weekly to meet USDA projections for the current marketing year, while corn and wheat were short of their respective marks. Wheat came out at 368,818 tons, up 8,226 from the week ending June 25th, but down 113,103 from the week ending June 3rd, 2014. A little more than a month into the 2015/16 marketing year, wheat inspections are 1,608,356 tons, compared to 2,332,901 early in 2014/15. Corn was reported at 839,324 tons, 202,063 lower than the previous week and 424,343 less than this time last year....
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Raw, frozen chicken entrees have been linked to seven cases of salmonella in Minnesota. The Minnesota Department of Health and Department of Agriculture determined there were two separate outbreaks involving two distinct, unrelated producers. Four people were sickened from the first outbreak that occurred between April fifth and June eighth.  The strain is linked to Barber Foods Chicken Kiev, a product sold at many different retailers, including grocery store chains. The second outbreak affected three people between May ninth and June eighth.  The salmonella strain was traced back to Antioch Farms brand Cordon Bleu products. The seven people sickened range in age from 19...
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Head, shoulders, knees and toes, Michigan’s corn crop hits them all.  Jim Zook, Executive Director of Michigan Corn, says crop progress is variable. “We actually have some corn that is shoulder higher, we’ve actually got some corn that I’ve seen today that is only ankle high, so it is all across the broad.” Zook tells Brownfield, he expects areas that received an abundance of rain will have nitrogen deficiencies. He says Michigan’s growing degree days are a little ahead of last year.  “This year because we were able to get the corn planted earlier, we were able to take full advantage of those...
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Ag News - Rural Issues

Following the release of USDA Quarterly Hogs and Pigs Report on Friday, September 26th, the National Pork Board hosted a tele-conference for the ag media featuring three ag economists and their reactions to the report. The panel included Dr. Ron Plain, Professor of Agricultural Economics, University of Missouri; Daniel Bluntzer, Director of...Read the full story... »     
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Iowa farmland values fell about three-and-a-half percent over the past six months and are down nearly nine percent in the past year. That’s according to the latest survey of land values conducted by the Iowa Chapter of Realtors Land Institute.  The group’s chairman, Kyle Hansen with Hertz Farm Management, says the drop is not surprising given...Read the full story... »     
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Iowa Farm Bureau president Craig Hill is encouraging farmers to submit comments on the EPA’s “Waters of the U.S.” rule. Hill says the EPA’s new interpretation of the Clean Water Act would give the federal government jurisdiction over essentially all farmland in the state of Iowa. AUDIO: Craig Hill (5:47 MP3) Link to Iowa Farm...Read the full story... »     
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At the Iowa Pork Congress on Wednesday, attendees received an update on the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv). One of the presenters was Dr. Rodney “Butch” Baker with the Iowa State University Veterinary Diagnostic Lab.   In this interview with Brownfield, Dr. Baker says there are signs that the spread of virus may be slowing down....Read the full story... »     
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